Exhibitions

Dhakira is always committed to expand its ways of outreach through different outputs. Exhibitions are a means of distribution of knowledge and a practical way to explore creativity in heritage studies. This page features the exhibitions organized by Dhakira in different contexts, from courses to museums and communities.

2021

... per fare notomia, Biblioteca Marucelliana, Italy

Al centro dell’evento uno straordinario disegno giovanile di Raffaello confluito a fine Settecento nell’istituzione fiorentina e mai sinora compiutamente indagato. Tra i più precoci approdi noti della personalità di Raffaello disegnatore, il foglio è databile agli anni più avanzati del periodo fiorentino (1504-1508) e rappresenta un raro esempio di Cristo crocifisso in écorché (ovvero in dissezione superficiale, privo del rivestimento della pelle). Trascendendo i confini delle indagini storico-artistiche di orizzonte raffaellesco l’opera dichiara indiscutibili elementi di trasversalità e ragioni di dialogo con l’ambito teologico ma soprattutto con la storia della medicina e la tradizione degli studi anatomici di primo Cinquecento.

Exhibition available online here.

2018

Ofikiri: Reflections on Island of Mozambique

Following a 2017 fieldwork and interviews conducted around Island of Mozambique, an exhibition was ensembled that was set to show the lives of the Islanders by showcasing excerpts of the interviews conducted in 2017 and their portraits. This departed from the need of the local community that often complains they do not see the impact of these fieldworks. This project aims to continue with the work done in the previous years by the Dhakira Center and NYUAD with the implementation of the Fragmented Landscapes of Heritage Narratives framework.

The exhibition encompassed locals from several demographics and social and economic positions. It was divided by themes: identity, heritage, crafts, and intangible heritage mapping. Another goal of Ofikiri was to be an orgnaic exhibition done to and from the Islanders. To accomplish this, several parts of the banners, across the several themes, were left blank, with calls for action for persons from the Island to write their own stories and add to the exhibit.

2017

Meeting the Neighbors: Saadiyat's Landscapes of Memory, NYUAD, UAE

The class of World Heritage Sites & Universal Collections at NYU Abu Dhabi has taken upon the task to create an exhibition that explores the depths of Saadiyat Island, merging personal and public narratives. Through the personal interviews, artefacts and research they were able to create Meeting the Neighbors: Saadiyat’s Landscapes of Memory Exhibition.

History tends to produce a particular kind of account of the past, one typically based on documentary evidence, looking for verifiable facts rather than unsubstantiated opinion or emotion. This exhibition challenges the preconceived notions of Saadiyat island as well as its significance, merging personal and public narratives. Both accounts exemplify a spectrum of landscape memory that evokes the legacy of this place. The personal narratives epitomize the importance of oral history and it’s value to present intangible heritage.

World Heritage Class: Angela Squillacioti, Dana AlHosani, Fatema AlNuaimi, Noor AlMehairbi and Sara AlKharraz under the supervision of Professor Robert Parthesius.

Tafakari: Reflections on Robben Island

This exhibition gathers narratives and experiences on the South African island from the apartheid and contemporary period. It explores the effect of one’s background and prior experiences on how one experiences heritage sites.

Robben Island’s history dates back to hundreds of years of colonization, of isolation and its most recent use as a maximum security prison for the dissidents of the apartheid government in South Africa. It was transformed into a museum in the 1990s as a result of deliberations among former political prisoners led by Nelson Mandela so that the human race would never again repeat the atrocities that occurred on the island. Tafakari offers a glimpse into the connections Robben Island had to the struggle against apartheid on the mainland, the different periods of Robben Island history and the residents who now occupy it.

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